Surprising Stuff

Christmas is on the way!
This is the week all the fun annual holiday traditions begin, starting with the tree lighting ceremony in Flat Iron Park on Friday night at 5 p.m. Enjoy a festive evening with hot cocoa, cookies and a visit from Santa. It’s the perfect kickoff to the holiday season.

Saturday morning everyone can continue holiday festivities with the annual Christmas Cookie Walk held at the First Congregational Church starting at 9 a.m. You can box your own cookies, which will be sold by the pound. Enjoy complimentary coffee and Christmas carols while you make varied selections.

Badger High School also has its annual Pancake Breakfast with Santa Saturday morning, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tickets are available at the door and are $8 for adults and $5 for children. Proceeds raised will benefit the BHS music program. While eating, guests can enjoy being serenaded with holiday selections performed by the Badger High School music students. Children can also participate in holiday crafts and activities. Finally, Santa will be available for pictures throughout the morning.

While at Badger, you can also walk over to the Sports Center where a holiday vendor fair, benefiting the DECA club, will be held. The fair will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free, and there will be raffles and more fun activities.

The Piggly Wiggly in Lake Geneva will be having a Holiday Open House on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The whole family can sample over 30 treats, while visiting with Santa, Mrs. Claus, Rudolph and some of Santa’s elves. Make sure to bring a camera to capture the memories.

Santa and Mrs. Claus, his elves and a real live reindeer, will be making an appearance in front of the Thrift-In at 252 Center Street from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, December 7th. Make sure to bring a camera and get your picture taken with Santa.

Then, on Saturday night, everyone can finish the festivities with the 44th Annual Electric Christmas Parade in downtown Lake Geneva. The entertainment starts at 5 p.m. and includes live music and over 80 floats. It will surely be a night to remember.


Did the City of Lake Geneva at one time own the Hillmoor property?

You may have heard Mayor Tom Hartz say that the City of Lake Geneva never owned Hillmoor; however, that is a misleading statement, because the city (although not technically “owning” the property) was granted rights to the Hillmoor land, just as the city was given rights to the Library Park property which the city also does not and never has owned. Both properties were gifted to the City of Lake Geneva with complete rights to the property, provided the city’s use of the property remained as it was laid out when it was gifted to the city.

As shown in the document P674042 below, on December 31, 1973, the City of Lake Geneva gave up those rights to the Hillmoor property (ZYUP 00131). Let this also be a warning for Library Park. If Wrigley Drive is shut down (closed), then it will only be a matter of time before Library Park will also be transferred away, with a new legal device, as the Hillmoor property was, because the conversion of Library Park property is likely very much a part of the planned redevelopment of the lakefront area into an open and very private resort complex.

Take a look at the parcel search result below, and note the grantor and the grantee.

Hillmoor Property Transfer Lake Genevar


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